Established in 1983, Northwestern's Center for Catalysis and Surface Science (CCSS) continues to deepen scientific and technological knowledge of the field as one of the world's premier institutes for interdisciplinary research.


The Center for Catalysis and Surface Science (CCSS) promotes interdisciplinary research fundamental to the discovery, synthesis, and understanding of catalysts and catalytic reactions essential to modern society. As a part of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), we apply our fundamental advances in catalysis science towards applications in alternative fuels, abatement of harmful emissions, resource recovery concepts, new processing routes, and many other strategies towards making chemicals more sustainable.

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The Center's primary research activities can be grouped into the following areas:

  • Characterization of active sites on solid surfaces and of reaction intermediates
  • Interaction of metals with oxides, in particular zeolites, and other promoter effects
  • Selectivity of advanced oxidation catalysis
  • Environmental catalysis directed toward destruction of gaseous pollutants


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